Haywood Community College recently received a 2009 Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Grant in the amount of $35,500 from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The grant will be used to purchase a waste grease collection tanker truck. The truck will be used to collect used cooking grease from the Haywood County School System and then turned into a fuel source for diesel vehicles on the college campus as well as the county’s solid waste operation’s diesel trucks.

This grant will be used to compliment the grant HCC received last year from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina. The project titled Haywood County Biofuels Production, Education and Training Project will integrate biodiesel training into the college's existing Industrial and Automotive Systems Technology curricula and Continuing Education programs and incorporate it into a Sustainable Technology certificate program; train members of the regional workforce in biofuels technology; and increase local and regional awareness and public education of biofuels and biodiesel production.

For more information on this initiative, please contact Buddy Tignor at (828) 565-4275.